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General Chapter 28 Begins at Valdocco-Turin

By BIS Correspondent
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Mumbai, Feb. 16. The XXVIII General Chapter (GC28) of the Society of St. Francis deSales on ''What kind/type of Salesians for the young people of today?'' has begun today Sunday 16 February, with the inaugural Eucharist at 18:30 (UTC +1) in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians-Turin, broadcast live on the ANS Facebook page and on the website, and will end on Saturday 04 April, with over 240 Capitulars, at the Salesians of Don Bosco Mother House in Turin-Valdocco.
The General Chapter is for Salesians, the main sign of the unity of the Congregation in its multiple diversity, in fraternal communion, carrying out community reflection. It is the body that holds the supreme authority in the Society.

In the first week, the Chapter's work will focus mainly on listening to, and reflecting on the reports of the Rector Major and his Council on the state of the Congregation, within an atmosphere of discernment.

The official GC28 Opening Ceremony scheduled for the morning of Saturday 22 February, will also be broadcast live. In the following weeks, all those who cannot physically be present in Valdocco will be able to receive constant updates thanks to the vast communication apparatus set up by the Social Communication Department to publish and broadcast on:::

- ANS website for daily reports Newsletter subscription suggested.
- for official documents, reports and photos
- ANS (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr and ANSChannel on YouTube).

The participants at the GC 28

As per Region:
Africa-Madagascar: 28
America South Cone: 22
East Asia-Oceania: 25
South Asia: 33
Central & Northern Europe: 37
Interamerica: 26
Mediterranean: 31

Observers/Guests/Delegates: 20

03 Regions with the largest number of participants:
Central & Northern Europe: 37
South Asia: 33
Mediterranean: 31

The 3 Nations with the most participants:
India: 31
Italy: 19
Brazil: 12

GC28 List of Participants

A 04:33 video summarising the typical charism and mission of the Salesians - oratories, vocational training centres, schools, parishes, social development projects, universities, and other apostolates, presents in an appealing fashion how the dream of ''a priest from the end of the 19 century is lived, so that young people could be happy now and for eternity,'' produced by IME Communications in collaboration with ANS is accessible here:

The photo-stream of the GC28 is live for viewing and download at ANS Flickr


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